A quality assurance company based in Europe says that a new webOS-based device is coming from HP which will probably be the replacement for the aging Palm Pre.
TUV Rheinland has a listing in its database for a product made by Palm, Inc. with the designation “P102UNA, P102EWW”.
This obscure collection of letters and numbers makes a bit more sense by considering that the Palm Pre for GSM networks has the designation P101UNA, while the CDMA version is designated the P101EWW.
So HP (which acquired Palm over the summer) is apparently working on a follow up for the Pre, a fairly high-end model with a sliding keyboard. This is be available in both GSM and CDMA version, so it could be released by any of the wireless carriers in the U.S.
TUV Rheinland’s database does not give any other details of this model.
What the Rumors Say
HP has committed to releasing a range of new webOS based models throughout the next year, but has been vague about when any of these will hit the market.
Information leaking out of Verizon Wireless, however, indicates that the next webOS smartphone will debut in October, and this device will be the successor for the Palm Pre.
An intense round of speculation was set off when HP trademarked the term “PalmPad”, with most people guessing that this is going to be the name of a webOS-powered tablet to rival Apple’s iPad. Given its designation, the product in TUV Rheinland’s database probably isn’t a tablet, though.
More about the webOS
The webOS is the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. It is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
It was developed by Palm when it was an independent company. HP recently acquired Palm primarily to get access to the webOS.
The Palm Pre Plus features a sliding keyboard as well as a 3.1-inch multi-touch-capable Touchscreen with a 480 x 320 pixel resolution. The device comes with 16 GB of internal storage, and is also equipped with Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash. It is available from Verizon and AT&T, while Sprint still has the original Pre.